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ARE you mak­ing the most of your spare time?

Af­ter spend­ing all day rush­ing around try­ing to get ev­ery­thing done, most peo­ple want to get home and re­lax – but what re­ally is re­lax­ation in modern so­ci­ety?

Re­search from Na­tion­wide has re­vealed that a large pro­por­tion of us (89%) think that modern tech­nol­ogy has made our lives eas­ier. But over half of those (59%) don’t feel like they have any more free time.

This could be be­cause al­most a fifth of us ad­mit to spend­ing over FIVE HOURS a day us­ing tech­nol­ogy out­side of work, while 21% say they spend three to four hours a day.

The most pop­u­lar dig­i­tal items we use are lap­tops or com­put­ers (82%), smart­phones (32%) and tablets (28%).

Tech­nol­ogy has sped up our house­hold tasks. We can con­trol our cen­tral heat­ing, lights and fridge from our smart­phones – as well as doing our on­line bank­ing, tax and in­sur­ance.

De­spite all of this, it looks like we aren’t us­ing that ‘free time’ as well as we could be. In fact, one in ten of us ad­mit to us­ing more than one item of tech­nol­ogy at the same time – with 41% of those say­ing they do so most of the time.

To help you switch off, Na­tion­wide is of­fer­ing one lucky winner a £50 Love2Shop voucher, which can be used for some re­tail ther­apy AND restau­rants and at­trac­tions across the UK.

To have a chance of win­ning the £50 voucher, sim­ply an­swer the fol­low­ing ques­tion:

What per­cent­age of peo­ple said they use more than one piece of tech­nol­ogy at the same time? A. 99% B. 41% C. 3% Send your answers along with your name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber to: Na­tion­wide Comp, Floor 3 Ma­claren House, Lan­cas­trian Of­fice Cen­tre, Tal­bot Road, Old Traf­ford, Manchester, M32 0FP, or email gad­get­boy@ sun­ A name will be drawn out of the hat on Fe­bru­ary 11. Good luck!

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